It might be a fast turnaround to dramaland for Park Yoochun, who has been offered the lead in a new project only months after completing his last. Reports circled that Sohn Ye-jin might be his co-star, but she turned down the role due to her movie schedule, which is too bad since she’s one of my favorite actresses. The project is a conventional melodrama called I Miss You (or more literally, I Want to See You) about first loves. Groaaaaan. That’s redundant, dramaland. That’s like saying your show’s gonna have a cast, and a director, and possibly even a love square with second leads. GASP!
On the upside, the project’s got some good pedigree, so we can’t say it’s down for the count. Writing is Moon Hee-jung, of Last Scandal of My Life, Smile You, and Can You Hear My Heart. All projects with solid, positive reviews. And directing is PD Lee Jae-dong of Thank You and Can’t Lose.
The story centers on a first love at fifteen, that gets torn apart and leaves both parties carrying the deep scars. They meet again as adults and then comes the angst. Correction: more angst. It’s described as a “hide-and-seek kind of love story.” It’s not a lot to go on, but it might be enough for me to say it’s not my kind of thing.
I love first love stories when it’s the story of first love at the time, as in when you’re young and stupid and horribly awkward (See: Answer Me 1997). But when stories center around grown adults and who angst for sixteen episodes because they haven’t figured out how to move on from a love they felt fifteen years ago, my eyes tend to auto-roll. Most dramas just shoehorn the trope in and focus on the present-day connection which works fine, but dramas that are All About The First Love usually make the characters seem juvenile (See: The Moon That Embraces the Sun). Aaaaanyway, let’s hope the writer’s got something good up her sleeve to keep the story out of beentheresville.
I Miss You follows Arang and the Magistrate (Wednesday-Thursday) on MBC, so we’re looking at a late October premiere.
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